Nikki & the Phantom Callers “Mamas Should Know” – Listen

Jangling and smouldering in the way you might associate with The Sadies, Nikki & The Phantom Callers play country-rock with a hint of classic mid-sixties production.  ‘Mamas Should Know‘ is the B-side of their new single and is a plea and an admonishment to all mothers for support and a helping hand to their children “And if you die before we wake, don’t leave it all up to us to figure it out alone. / Mamas should know what to leave when they go, if they’re not ready to fly. / What to reap, what to sow, what to leave for the crow. / Write it down, so we’ll know“.    Where songwriter and singer Nikki Speake is coming from is a personal space – raised by her grandmother after she lost her mother at a very young age which she has said led her to  “explore the sense of confusion, of feeling lost without answers, and eventually growing up to put together the puzzle pieces of your own identity.

Author: Jonathan Aird

Sure, I could climb high in a tree, or go to Skye on my holiday. I could be happy. All I really want is the excitement of first hearing The Byrds, the amazement of decades of Dylan's music, or the thrill of seeing a band like The Long Ryders live. That's not much to ask, is it?

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